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Just Released – Leveraging Business Analysis for Project Success

Announcing the release of  Leveraging Business Analysis for Project Success , a new book by Vicki James, PMP, CBAP, PMI-PBA. Only 39% of project today are successful.  Nearly half of the projects that fail, fail because of “poor requirements management” (PMI 2014). Leveraging Business Analysis for Project Success explores the role of the business analyst in setting a project up for success. It informs and educates project managers, sponsors, and organization leaders on what is necessary for project success. It goes beyond requirements management in exploring the how the business analyst can contribute to increased profitability through project selection, scope definition, and post-implementation evaluation.  The reader will learn about the history of business analysis, professional organizations and resources to support the profession, and what to expect from the business analyst at each phase of the project lifecycle as presented in a case study throughout the text. Project leaders will better be able to support the business analysis needs of the project by understanding the skills, expertise, tasks, resources, and time needed to do business analysis right and maximize the return on investment for each project.

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Just Released – Leveraging Business Analysis for Project Success

Stop the Madness…Too Many Business Analysis Tools!!

Copyright: Kurhan / 123RF Stock Photo I have noticed trend developing recently that I find troubling. It started when I participated in the public review of the draft A Guide to the Business Analysis Body Knowledge (BABOK® Guide) version 3 this past May. My biggest concern with this draft was the addition of tools and techniques. The number of tools and techniques went from 34 to 46, but even more troubling was that I did not recognize some of the added tools and techniques including Business Model Canvas or Business Capability Analysis. Not only that, I did not see where they were common and useful enough to add to a collection of generally accepted best practices separate from the 34 that were already there.  Aspiring CBAP’s® and CCBA’s® will need to thoroughly understand each of these in order to prepare for the certification exams. Then in May 2014, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) introduced the PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA℠) credential.  The PMI-PBA Examination Content Outlines specifically calls out 76 techniques in 22 different categories.  Add their newly released Business Analysis for Practitioners – A Practice Guide with an additional 10 techniques and business analysts who are availing themselves to certification need to learn a whopping 86 business analysis tools and techniques in order to prepare for any question the PMI-PBA℠ examination may throw at them.

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Stop the Madness…Too Many Business Analysis Tools!!

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Where Did the Blog Posts Go?

I realize that it seems as if I have given up writing by the looks of my blog page. I assure you this is not the case. I have written extensively for  Watermark Learning  about things such as the new PMI-PBA credential from the Project Management Institute and the public review draft of the BABOK© Guide v3 from International Institute of Business Analysis. I even have a guest spot up on Business Analysis Times with a re-print of my popular The Project Manager vs. The Business Analyst post. Here are a few titles for you to check out.

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Where Did the Blog Posts Go?

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A New Beginning in 2014

Watermark Learning Names Vicki James Director of Business Analysis Watermark Learning has named Vicki James, PMP, CBAP, to the position of Director of Business Analysis. James joins Watermark with 15 years’ experience in the public and private sectors as a project manager, business analyst, author, and independent industry consultant and trainer. Her responsibilities will include developing and maintaining Watermark Learning’s Business Analysis Training read more… It has been almost a month since I’ve taken on my exciting new role. I am so very excited to have joined the Watermark Learning team as the Director of Business Analysis. This has been a long time in the making but things that are meant to be have a way of working themselves out. What excites me about this is that I get to do everything I love to do, everything I set out to do with Professional Project Services, but with the support of a great team with years of experience providing training and consulting services. Having a team of like-minded professionals surrounding me is a blessing and I know I will accomplish much more with this team then I could have ever hoped to do as a solo entrepreneur

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Transitioning to a Career in Project Management

Happy International Project Management Day.  I am going to celebrate the day by providing the answer to a question I received the other day from my friend Debbie. Hi Vicki, so I am seriously evaluating my career. Based on my skills and what I excel at, I am very interested in getting into Project management. Can you offer any advice on how to start? My resume is mainly in sales so I am lost as to even get started. Let me know your thoughts.  It dawns on me that Debbie is likely just one of many wanting to transition into formal project management. Here is my quick start guide to beginning your career in project management. Go through your experience and resume highlighting the things that you have done that fall under the umbrella of project management

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Transitioning to a Career in Project Management